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Performing Arts Degrees

The performing arts can roughly be split into dance, music and acting. While music and dance are widely accepted as disciplines, which require both practice and education - especially the performance of classical music and ballet - acting is perhaps less so. Having said this, if your ambition is to become a professional in any of these areas, you stand much to gain from a good education.

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BA in Live Performance
AFDA The School for the Creative Economy
Bachelor's degree
Multiple (5)
The BA degree in Live Performance is a full-time 3 year program that contains screen acting, stage acting and musical...
BA (Honours) in Live Performance & Motion Picture Medium
AFDA The School for the Creative Economy
Graduate certificate
Multiple (3)
The AFDA honors program is a 1-year full-time degree designed to prepare graduates to enter the industry. It provides students...
Bachelor of Circus & Performance Art
Fontys University of Applied Sciences
Bachelor's degree
Tilburg, Netherlands
The Bachelor of Circus & Performance Art at Fontys University of Applied Sciences in the Netherlands is a high-quality and...
Mlitt in Theater Practices
University of Glasgow
Master's degree
Glasgow, Scotland
This masters program engages with a range of theater and performance practices, explored in a critically informed capacity, ranging from...
Classical Musical Instrumental Performance MA
University of Debrecen
Master's degree
Debrecen, Hungary
The music performance program is composed of 4 main fields of studies. Majors of the program will choose a specialty...
Bmus (Hons) Popular Music Performance
The Institute of Contemporary Music Performance
Bachelor's degree
London, England
The ICMP Bmus (Hons) degree is for students who aspire to reach a high standard of musicianship and build a...
BA (Hons) Performance for Live and Recorded Media
Teesside University
Bachelor's degree
Middlesbrough, United Kingdom
This Teesside University bachelor program equips students with the knowledge needed to pursue a career within the arts and entertainment...
MS Drama Performance
University of Pretoria
Master's degree
Pretoria, South Africa
The MS Drama Performance is a full-time postgraduate program run by the University of Pretoria. As the most diverse Faculty...
Bachelor in Special Needs Education – Drama Therapy
Palacký University Olomouc
Bachelor's degree
Olomouc, Czech Republic
This non-teaching program from Palacký University Olomouc focuses on the application of drama therapy and other expressive and experiential subjects...
Diploma in Music Performance
The Institute of Contemporary Music Performance
Diploma program
London, England
The Level 3 Music Performance course is delivered by Access to Music, who are leading specialists in the field of popular music...
MDram Drama
University of Pretoria
Master's degree
Pretoria, South Africa
The MDram Drama is a full-time postgraduate program run by the University of Pretoria. As the most diverse Faculty at...
Performance (Music) BA
University of Debrecen
Bachelor's degree
Debrecen, Hungary
The Bachelor in Performance Music at the University of Debrecen in Hungary is offered through the Faculty of Music, formerly...
MLitt in Playwriting & Dramaturgy
University of Glasgow
Master's degree
Glasgow, Scotland
The Masters in Playwriting & Dramaturgy at the University of Glasgow gives students a practical and theoretical engagement with the...
Diploma of Music (Contemporary Performance)
JMC Academy
Diploma program
Multiple (3)
The Diploma of Music (Contemporary Performance) at JMC Academy in Australia is an education course in the field of contemporary...
Masters (Mmus) in Popular Music
The Institute of Contemporary Music Performance
Master's degree
London, England
The masters in popular music program will encourage you to develop the highest levels of instrumental skill through individual lessons...
BA (Hons) Dance
Teesside University
Bachelor's degree
Middlesbrough, United Kingdom
This bachelor with honors program by Teesside University will prepare students for a rewarding career within dance, developing their dance...
Acting BA (Hons)
University of Central Lancashire
Bachelor's degree
Preston, England
If you are looking for an acting course that offers high-quality practical training, with a strong emphasis on developing your...
MMus Performing Arts
University of Pretoria
Master's degree
Pretoria, South Africa
The MMus Performing Arts is a full-time postgraduate program run by the University of Pretoria. As the most diverse Faculty...
Bachelor of Music - Performing Arts
Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University
Bachelor's degree
Port Elizabeth, South Africa
The Bachelor of Music - Performing Arts at Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University in South Africa is an education programme through...
Music Theatre BA (Hons)
University of Central Lancashire
Bachelor's degree
Preston, England
Do you enjoy acting, but want to combine your skills with singing and music? Our Music Theatre degree provides you...
Art and Design & Performing Arts
Vancouver Island University
Bachelor's degree
Vancouver, Canada
For Art and Design & Performing Arts students Vancouver Island University is the place to explore your creative side. The...
Professional Diploma in Music Performance
The Institute of Contemporary Music Performance
Diploma program
London, England
This professional diploma in music performance gives students one-to-one instrumental instruction, performance workshops and gigs, studio recording, music culture studies, and...
Master of Music Studies (Performance)
University of Sydney
Master's degree
Sydney, Australia
Through this performance-based Master of Music Studies at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, students will focus on their chosen instrument...
Professional Diploma in Music Production
The Institute of Contemporary Music Performance
Diploma program
London, England
Encompassing live, studio and digital music making, you'll work in a professional setting with experienced industry tutors. Classes take place...
Associate Degree in Music Production
Long Beach City College
Diploma program
California, United States of America
The Associate Degree in Music Production is directed towards students who want to prepare music major for a successful audition...
Classical Music
Hanze University of Applied Sciences, Groningen
Bachelor's degree
Groningen, Netherlands
The Prince Claus Conservatoire feels a strong connection to the northern part of the Netherlands. We are an internationally renowned institute with...
BA (Hons) in Songwriting
BIMM Berlin
         
(3)
Bachelor's degree
Multiple (2)
If you’re a songwriter with a creative flair for composition and lyric writing, then the BA in songwriting will help turn...
Electronic Music Production in Ableton Live - Short Course
SAE Institute South Africa
Summer / Short Course
Cape Town, South Africa
Learn to make and play electronic music using Ableton Live. The electronic music program (EMP) takes you from the absolute...
Design for Theatre, Film & Television, Production Design
Aalto University
Master's degree
Helsinki, Finland
The Masters in Design for Theatre, Film & Television, Production Design at Aalto University in Finland is an education program...
Dance Performance and Teaching BA (Hons)
University of Central Lancashire
Bachelor's degree
Preston, England
Do you have a passion for dance and want to study in a non-competitive environment? This course offers a unique...
Higher Diploma in Music Performance
The Institute of Contemporary Music Performance
Diploma program
London, England
In the higher diploma in music performance program, you'll be taught in small group classes by experienced industry professionals in...
BA (Hons) Creative Musicianship in Bass
BIMM Berlin
Bachelor's degree
Multiple (2)
The Bass program combines instrumental study with the opportunity to develop collaborative and entrepreneurial skills. You’ll explore and develop your potential...
MMus Music Therapy
University of Pretoria
Master's degree
Pretoria, South Africa
The MMus Music Therapy is a full-time postgraduate program run by the University of Pretoria. As the most diverse Faculty...
Masters in Arts, Culture and Media
University of Groningen
Master's degree
Groningen, Netherlands
The Masters in Arts, Culture and Media at the University of Groningen in the Netherlands is an education program which...
Bachelor in Music
Zuyd University of Applied Sciences
Bachelor's degree
Maastricht, Netherlands
Maastricht Conservatorium is an internationally oriented academy of music. You can choose from two programs: Classical Music Jazz  The Conservatorium is committed to training...
Pro Performance DJ - Short Course
SAE Institute South Africa
Summer / Short Course
Cape Town, South Africa
With the legends of ReadyD, Azhul and DJ E-20 as your trainers, you will be taken on a life-changing journey...
Dance and Somatic Wellbeing MA
University of Central Lancashire
Master's degree
Preston, England
This is a unique, visionary and pioneering programme offering professional training in Dance & Somatic Movement Education. On the cutting...
Bachelor of Music (Contemporary Performance)
JMC Academy
Bachelor's degree
Multiple (3)
The Bachelor of Music (Contemporary Performance) at JMC Academy in Australia is a high-quality education program in the field of...
Popular Music B.A.
Freiburg University of Arts and Applied Sciences (hKDM University)
Bachelor's degree
Freiburg, Germany
Through this bachelor program at hKDM University, students will develop their artistic skills in their instrument of choice, focusing on...
BA (Hons) Creative Musicianship in Drums
BIMM Berlin
         
(2)
Bachelor's degree
Multiple (2)
The Drums program combines instrumental study with the opportunity to develop collaborative and entrepreneurial skills while performing a wide range...
Master of Music
Zuyd University of Applied Sciences
Master's degree
Maastricht, Netherlands
The master degree in music offered through Zuyd University is a full-time program training professional musicians to the highest caliber. ...
Bachelor's Degree in Music
Bath Spa University
Bachelor's degree
Bath, England
The creative and practical Bachelor's Degree in Music program from Bath Spa University provides students with the opportunity to study...
Music Industry Arts
Algonquin College
Graduate certificate
Ottawa, Canada
The Graduate Certificate in Music Industry Arts at Algonquin College in Ottawa, Canada is an education course which prepares students...
Directing Course
Kogan Academy of Dramatic Arts
Diploma program
London, England
All film and theatre directors need to be able to act. The examples are numberless from Roman Polanski, John Huston...
BA (Hons) Creative Musicianship in Guitar
BIMM Berlin
         
(1)
Bachelor's degree
Multiple (2)
The Guitar program combines instrumental study with the opportunity to develop collaborative and entrepreneurial skills while performing a wide range...
BA (Hons) Creative Musicianship in Vocals
BIMM Berlin
         
(2)
Bachelor's degree
Multiple (2)
The Vocals program combines instrumental study with the opportunity to develop collaborative and entrepreneurial skills while performing a wide range...
Master of Fine Arts (Dance)
Queensland University of Technology (QUT)
Master's degree
Brisbane, Australia
The Master of Fine Arts (Dance) at Queensland University of Technology (QUT) in Brisbane, Australia is an education course which...
Bachelor of Music
Humber College Institute of Technology & Advanced Learning
Bachelor's degree
Toronto, Canada
The Bachelor of Music at Humber College Institute of Technology & Advanced Learning in Toronto, Canada is an education course in...
BA/BSc (Hons) Audio Production
SAE Institute UK
Bachelor's degree
Multiple (4)
The Audio Production bachelor degree from SAE Institute in the UK will supply students with the knowledge and practical skills...
Acting for Camera Workshop
Kogan Academy of Dramatic Arts
Graduate certificate
London, England
Through this five-day acting workshop, participants will learn the trademark Kogan Academy acting technique and its application to acting in...
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If you aspire to become a professional dancer, musician or actor you will always benefit from a good education. In some cases, such as ballet or mastering an instrument, it is almost mandatory that you get an early start already in childhood. In these areas it is also accepted, that in order to move on in your career, you will require instruction at a highly regarded school of performing arts, which offers programs in your chosen area. In the case of acting, this is not always as clear. Many want to make it without the education - and although this is by all means possible - it will make your way to the top a harder fight.

Higher Education in Acting

With an education such as a Bachelor of Arts, Fine arts or a Master of Arts in acting for screen or stage - you will gain not only a degree but also give yourself the time to learn the craft of acting from professionals. You may think that this is unnecessary and that you will get by on talent alone - but even the professionals already in the business are all for a good performing arts education. It will give you not only a greater credibility to recommend you on your resumé but also contacts with fellow students that may get you jobs in the future. In addition, should your plan for the stage or screen fail - a degree will give you a second option. With a good education, you have a much greater credibility and a platform to start an alternate career in for example teaching.

Performing Art of Dancing

If dancing is your heart's desire - the same rules largely apply. Here, as with acting there are lots of options of taking spread out courses or separate instruction. However, attending a school of higher education will not only give you a wider view of dancing and the chance to try different styles but will also give you contacts, which are vital for a future career.

Unless your passion is ballet, in which case attending higher education at a prestigious institution has probably been a long term goal, you may be considering a career without the formal education. You may however want to rethink. As a contemporary dancer, you will need to be versatile. If you have been dancing hip hop or jazz for years, you are probably great at it. For a professional career however you will need to be able to dance far more than one style. And your technique will need to be great in all of them as competition is tough. Also worth remembering is that dancers are prone to injuries which may make your career shorter than planned. With a college or university education to back you up you have far more to fall back on in the future.

Performing Arts Degrees for Musicians

For those of you aspiring for a career in music - a Bachelor of Music can be your entryway into a wide variety of careers. A Bachelor of Music can be awarded for Music Performance, Music Education, composition, Music Theory, Music Technology, Music Production and much more. Some schools also offer new programs in for example Music Composition with Technology where the craft of studio production is added to the traditional theory and musicology coursework.

As you see, a Bachelor of Music offers far more options than just performance in areas such as arranging, composing, conducting, education, entertainment law, music journalism, music therapy, performance, radio/TV and the recording industry.

Choosing the Right Performing Arts Education

To make your choice where and at what school or university you want to study, there are a few points you should consider. What are the best schools that offer the specialty you seek. You should also consider weeding out those that teach a too narrow course as that will limit you in the future. Make sure you will be taught strong fundamentals as well as the specific skills you seek. When you have a list of finalists apply to at least five of your finalists. Where in the world you choose to study is up to you. You will find good education in the performing arts all over the world.